I Quit Before I Start
At the start of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would take more risks, be more spontaneous, and try new things. We are now in June (or later depending on when you read this) and I can honestly say that I haven’t really fulfilled any of those promises yet.
Here is what I didn’t consider though: so often I want to embark on new adventures without unchaining myself from old weight. With each New Year I resolve to do less of, more of, or better than but I didn’t close out the year prior resolving much of anything at all. So what is my solution you might ask? QUIT.
Yes I said it. I am going to quit. But before I lose you completely (I hope I didn’t already), you might be thinking, “What does this have to do with yoga?” I promise, it has everything to do with yoga.
You see I habitually make a lot of excuses to justify not taking bold leaps of faith. Consequently, I have realized that it’s not healthy, it’s constraining, and it’s plain exhausting. In summary, making excuses has been that unnecessary weight holding me back from flourishing.
Having never practiced yoga before ever, a beautiful and novel opportunity awaits me. Without a doubt I could even check off “trying something new in 2016” from my resolution list. And, quite honestly, this would be the most spontaneous thing that I’ve ever embarked on.
But even still, here I am standing in tension between my past and present. I want new but still claim old. And while I can practice all the yoga I wish, yoga alone will not break this tension and set me free.
It is time. Time to quit making excuses.
- I am a man… So what.
- I can’t touch my toes… But I will.
- I cannot sit still in silence… It’s time to try.
- I am busy… I can be more intentional with my time.
So here I go… Here’s to a new adventure. Will you join me in a new adventure too? Before you do, QUIT FIRST.
What will you quit? Peace and blessings.